How Bed Bugs Affect Your Health and What to Do About It

How Bed Bugs Affect Your Health and What to Do About It

By Pest Away Exterminating (421 words)
Posted in Detection & Prevention on June 16, 2015

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Although bed bug bites themselves aren't harmful to humans, affects of bed bug bites can cause health complications like sleep deprivation and anemia from loss of blood. Although the bites are intrinsically dangerous, the bites are itchy, and often require over-the-counter treatment to relieve the itchiness.

Below is an article from Bed Bugs and Beyond detailing the deleterious affects bed bugs can have on your health, and how to relieve the discomfort caused by bed bugs. It goes without saying that you MUST call a professional bed bug pest-control company to get rid of your infestation as soon as possible, to avoid the health risks and physical discomfort that the bed bugs cause!

Bed bugs feed on human, and other warm-blooded hosts, in order to survive and reproduce. They find a host by detecting carbon dioxide emitted from warm-blooded people or animals and respond to warmth/moisture. In order to feed, they penetrate the skin of the host and inject a salivary fluid that contains an anticoagulant to help them obtain blood.

Depending on the stage of the bed bug, they may feed for as little as 3 minutes or as long as 10-15 minutes. They prefer to feed at night on exposed areas such as: the hands, neck, arms and face. Bed bug bites affect people differently depending on the person and frequency of the feeding. Bites will eventually produce itchy red bumps and welts on the surface of the skin. Bacterial skin infections may occur due to skin breakage from excessive scratching.

Some people have been known to respond to bed bug infestations with insomnia, fear, stress, anxiety and even paranoia. Sometimes become too distressed to sleep due to the fear of being bitten, and the lack of sleep can sometimes trigger depression. Heavy rates of feeding have been known to cause significant blood loss and eventually lead to anemia and other complications; children are most susceptible to these further problems.

Although more than 20 types of disease have been found in bed bugs, including, bacteria, viruses and worms, they are NOT known to transmit disease.

If you experience bed bug bites you can use a few over the counter products for relief:

1. Apply a steroidal anti-itch cream that contains hydrocortisone or cortisone.

2. Use calamine lotion to dry out the rash

3. Take oral antihistamine allergy tablets to control the swelling and rash caused by the bites

4. Buy a topical anesthetic that contains pramoxine for pain relief and diphendrydramine for itch control

5. Taking pain relievers that contain ibuprofen or naproxen as needed


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amol joshi posted on: November 7, 2017

Prevention is better than cure when it comes to keeping bed-bugs away. Look out for signs of bed-bugs in hotels or restaurants, trains or buses. Examine clothes, bags, luggage after a trip. Make sure furniture and crates or cartons arriving home don’t bring bedbugs in with them. Look out for signs of bedbugs, whenever you travel, upon reaching home.

Julius Wither Amberfield posted on: December 12, 2017

It was great that you emphasized at the beginning of this article that although bed bug bites are not harmful to humans, they can cause various health problems like sleep deprivation and anemia due to blood loss. That's a nice thing to know, especially since my sister has been complaining a lot about a bed bug infestation in her bed, resulting in her sleep deprivation. She has reached the point where she settled sleeping on my sofa, and it has gotten me quite worried. I think this calls for an exterminator. Thanks a lot!

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Affordable Bed Bug Exterminators posted on: January 19, 2018

I like your blog your blog is very interesting and informative.

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Harold Casados posted on: February 13, 2018

I just moved to a new state where the locals say that bed bugs are pretty common here. I am definitely going to want to get a protective cover for my mattress to help me prevent any bugs from settling there. However, what are some signs that furniture, like beds and bugs, have bed bugs in them? Some of the furniture that I have came with the apartment and so it would probably be a good idea to make sure that they are not infested.

Kat posted on: March 1, 2018

I had two incidents a few months apart of over 30 bites each and had a bad reaction to them each time, requiring prednisone....ever since then, ANY kind of bite, for example a mosquito bites reacts and oozes like the BB bites did. Could there still be an allergic reaction in my blood from all their bites???

James todd posted on: March 9, 2018

Look there is a apartment building on louisana n Harriet St that has beds bugs bad I was wondering if you could send a pest control person

margaux posted on: March 24, 2018

Thanks for the information on how bed bug bites can cause health complications like sleep deprivation and anemia from loss of blood. I'm thinking of having a pest control inspection at home to make sure there's no bed bug infestation. Thanks for mentioning that taking oral antihistamine allergy tablets can control the swelling and rash caused by the bites. Thanks for the advice!

Milwaukee Bed Bug Exterminator posted on: May 11, 2018

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JOPESTKIL KENYA posted on: July 14, 2018

Bed bugs are ever unwanted in households. Bed bugs will infest readily and if not controlled in enough time, will continue to wreck havoc reaching high level infestation which may be complex to eliminate completely such as bed bugs….
Bedbugs! These insects invade homes and wreak havoc wherever they will intentionally attack. Effective bed bug control may seem impossible when it comes to a high level stubborn infestation, but there must be light at the end of the tunnel to eliminate these small, pesky pests.
Bed bugs are tricky bugs. When they get into a home or business, they can get into hard to reach locations, not just your beds. These insects can dwell in outlets, wall voids, electronics, behind baseboards and anywhere close to resting and sleeping human sites. They can also be deep inside upholstered furniture or under rugs unsparingly. The trick to beating these hitch hiking, tricky bugs is understanding their habits and habitats.

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Kevin posted on: October 23, 2018

Thank you for this. I take anticoagulant medication and am dealing with a case of bed bugs and couldn't understand why my INR continues to go up.

This helped in a big way

Gregory posted on: November 20, 2018

I feel l contracted a virus from bedbug bites that resulted in anaphylactic shock and have been trying to overcome nerve damage that seems to have been related to the bites. My nervous system was comprised. Everything else was ruled out. Medically bedbugs are not considered dangerous therefore will not be used as a medical baseline in determining causes and effects of anything more than just bites. This results in any complications to become unrelated to the bites.

Estelle posted on: January 20, 2019

I moved in a new place with bedbugs. Awful to try and get rid of them. Had to fumigate every 2nd week. Used Fendona. Washed everything on the highest cycle. Put washed items in plastic bags and tied them up. Used eucalyptus oil on my bed. Used special soap.. Antihistamine.. Calamine.. But camphor oil helped a lot. Think after two months I am rid of them. Very bad experience. Very.

Cecile A. Schoonover posted on: May 10, 2019

Have been dealing with Bed Bugs for several months. Employed professionals a month ago. Had a medical check up was told blood count very low. I had been experiencing very low energy, after reading your blog this confirmed my suspicion's, that my exhaustion was or is a result of Bed Bug bites.
Thank you, for this.

Abeled Ward posted on: June 18, 2019

Bed bugs have small, flat, oval-formed our bodies. They’re wingless. Adults do have the vestiges of wings referred to as wing pads, however, they do now not fully change into useful wings.

Sophia Wilson posted on: July 23, 2019

It is an interesting post and I got a lot of information from this. Bed bugs cause blisters, skin rashes, and allergic reactions. If one had discovered bites on their skin then it might be just because of bed bugs. Bed bugs are very tiny in size but one can recognize their presence by the dark brown cluster they leave on infested surfaces. Though for all my pest control and bed bugs removal needs in Ann Arbor I trust: Thanks!!

Lloyd Bronson posted on: August 13, 2019

I was unaware that bedbugs were unhealthy for both your bedding as well as your health. I will be sure to keep in mind the types of reaction that skin can have in regards to getting a bug bite, as I have to take care of three people including two small children. If my children react negatively to a bug bite, I will be sure to get whatever bedsheets infested by bug bites treated and subsequently replaced. I have not dealt with bedbugs in the past, but I do not want to risk my family's health to save money on not hiring an exterminator.

JOPESTKIL KENYA posted on: September 28, 2019

I just found a bed bug on my sofa. I started getting what I thought were mosquito bites in January. My kids and I were covered in bites. They look and feel just like mosquito bites, so I really didn’t even think that it could be bed bugs. I did find a mosquito in my living room last week and I was able to kill it. So I thought all the bites were over. Well, they weren’t. I looked up on line info on bed bugs and I checked all my furniture and beds and I didn’t see a thing. So I thought maybe it’s another mosquito. It wasn’t a mosquito. I think I know where they came from too. I have been living here for 5 yrs and never had any problems with bugs. My step son comes over every other weekend and he was complaining of “spider” bites he was getting at home. This was after he got a new bed, which I think his mom got as a hand me down. I bet that is where they came from. I am so freaking upset. They just gross me out....

Simon Dean posted on: November 27, 2019

Even though bed bugs don't transmit any diseases. They can disturb your sleep and can ruin your whole upcoming day due to the lack of sleep. I had to call Ivy Green Pest Control for a bed bug treatment so I could sleep peacefully again.

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Taylor Wright posted on: January 6, 2020

I appreciate the advice about calling a professional as soon as possible. My wife is worried about a bed bugs infestation and is trying to prevent it. We'll be sure to use these tips to prevent any infestations.

Avantika posted on: January 20, 2020

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David Emmanuel posted on: April 27, 2020

Thanks a lot for this article. Bed bug is really a big problem that disturbs during sleep

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Teluscare posted on: November 2, 2020

Thanks for sharing. I really appreciate your post. These bed bugs have been bothering me and my family for a while now.

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Zoe Campos posted on: November 21, 2020

It's really alarming to know that about 20 diseases can be caused by bed bugs alone. We haven't observed the first signs of this pest yet in our house but since we have kids, I guess we have to be ready. Maybe we can hire professionals who can inspect our mattresses and furniture to see if there's a need for removal services.

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Blessing Dick posted on: April 26, 2021

I started noticing bedbug in my house since 2018 after all the treatment, it is still not going. What should I do again? The discomfort is too much. How can I get the expertise to treat my house for me.

Levi Armstrong posted on: May 13, 2021

I agree with what you said that people experience stress and anxiety because they are distressed there could be bed bugs in their beds. My brother couldn't sleep properly because he thinks there are bed bugs feeding on him at night. I'll share this with him tomorrow. Thank you.

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Anna Collins posted on: September 28, 2022

Thank you for informing us that bacterial skin infections might happen due to excessive scratching since the bites from bed bugs can produce itchy red bumps on your skin. I woke up to blood stains on my bed sheets this morning, so I suspect that bed bugs must have made their way to my mattress recently. I'll keep this in mind while I look for a bed bug removal company to contact for the extermination soon.

Taylor Abrams posted on: November 3, 2022

I like that you said that using ibuprofen- or naproxen-containing painkillers are required. These tips will be helpful for my daughter who got bit by bed bugs. Since this happened, I'll make sure to hire bed bug services to get rid of the bed bugs we have in our house.

Lily posted on: June 24, 2023

We appreciate you notifying us that although bed bug bites can cause itchy, red lumps on your skin, bacterial skin infections may result from over scratching. My bed linens had blood spots when I woke up this morning, thus I assume bed bugs had lately gotten into my mattress. This is something I'll have in mind while I search for a bed bug elimination business to get in touch with as soon as possible.

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